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Anti-piracy NGO says West Africa, Somalia and South-East Asia remained problem areas in 2016 03 May 2017

A report issued on May 2 by anti-piracy NGO Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) found an upsurge in pirate activity in some areas, and residual problems in areas where previous years had seen a reduction in piracy. The 2016 State of Maritime Piracy report includes analyses of the situation in the Western Indian Ocean, West Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean....

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UK High Court rules Shell cannot be sued in London for Nigeria oil spills 26 January 2017

Royal Dutch Shell cannot be sued in London over oil spills in Nigeria, the High Court ruled on January 26. Villagers from the Bille and Ogale communities in the oil-producing Niger Delta in southern Nigeria had said they were affected by pollution and had sought to take action against Shell in London rather than its subsidiary in Nigeria....

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More than 30 killed after Ugandan road tanker explodes in Kenya 12 December 2016

More than 30 people died when a fuel tanker crashed into other vehicles and burst into flames outside the town of Naivasha in Kenya late on December 10, local officials told AFP. A spokesperson for Kenya's National Disaster Unit said the death toll was 33 the following day, but that other bodies could be found....

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Mozambique road tanker explosion fatalities rise to 80 22 November 2016

Some 80 people died and a further 108 were injured in an explosion and fire next to a road tanker in Tete province, in the country's remote western region near Malawi. One local journalist told AFP the truck had crashed on November 16 and exploded the following day as scores of people tried to syphon off fuel....

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Nigerian Navy says it stopped refinery attack by militants 04 October 2016

THE Nigerian Navy said a loud blast on September 29 near the jetty of the Warri Refinery and Petrochemical Company (WRPC) and the Pipeline Products Marketing Company (PPMC) resulted from a foiled attempt by militants to attack both facilities in Ekpan, Uvwie council area, Delta state. ...

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Benin garbage dump blast kills two, injures 61 12 September 2016

An explosion at a garbage dump near Cotonou, Benin, killed at least two people and injured 61, according to AFP. Cotonou police said the September 9 incident was caused by a company dumping flour and spoiled wheat and dousing it with petrol to burn it. Local people tried to recover the flour from areas that were not burning but were caught in an explosion....

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News Extra: Nigerian oil production falls to 20-year low due to attacks and sabotage 18 May 2016

Nigeria’s oil industry is suffering increased disruption that has led to the lowest production levels in 20 years, as attacks against facilities in the energy-rich but impoverished nation increase in number and audacity. The fresh round of attacks come after President Muhammadu Buhari vowed to stamp out corruption and oil theft....

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Three killed in Nigeria pipeline explosion 28 March 2016

Three people were killed and several wounded when an oil pipeline belonging to Italy's ENI exploded during repair works in Nigeria's southern Delta region, according to a Reuters report which quoted Nigerian environmental group Environmental Rights Action (ERA)....

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BP and Statoil withdraw staff from Algerian plants after attack 22 March 2016

BP and Statoil will withdraw staff from two gas plants in Algeria after a terrorist attack on one of the joint sites the companies run with Algerian state hydrocarbon company Sonatrach on March 18. The rocket attack on the Krechba gas plant in In Salah caused no casualties or damage, and Al Qaeda's North Africa branch later claimed responsibility for the attack....

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Three injured as explosion and fire destroys Nigeria biscuit plant 22 March 2016

Three workers suffered burn injuries after a gas explosion caused a fire that razed the Niger Biscuits Company factory in Apapa, Lagos, destroying property worth millions of naira. Local media reported workers saying the affected section was stocked with paper materials and other inflammable materials, which made it difficult to fight the fire....

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